WaPOR, remote sensing for water productivity

WaPOR global database version 3.0 will be launched during the Rome Water Dialogue

The FAO has developed a publicly accessible near real time database using satellite data that allows the monitoring of agricultural water productivity at different scales.

This database is the backbone of the WaPOR project that, now in its second phase, works with ten partner countries to build their capacity in the use of WaPOR data for its different applications, and to generate solutions to local challenges linked to water and land productivity as well as water management.

Head here to find out who are the partners that make WaPOR possible.

Accessing WaPOR data

New WaPOR portal

WaPOR data can also be found on:

and through other means. Find out more.

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 Latest news and updates
WaPOR database and applications presented during the Nile Basin Development Forum in Kamapala, Uganda

The WaPOR team participated to the the Nile Basin Development Forum, a high-level regional event convened every three years by the Nile Basin Initiative...

Register to the second edition of the WaPOR hackathon!

The second edition of the #WaPORhackathon will be held between 12-26 October 2023 and is now open for registration! 

“WaPOR Hackathon...

“Introduction and Validation of WaPOR data” training was held in Ramallah, Palestine (11-14 September 2023)

The IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education in coordination with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International...

WaPOR at the 2023 World Water Week

The Stockholm World Water Week, an annual event that brings together global experts, policymakers, and practitioners to address pressing water-related...

EBRD activity on maximizing water productivity of the date palm in Jericho using WaPOR data

An EBRD-FAO stakeholders’ inception workshop was conducted in Jericho, Palestine to kickstart a set of activities revolving around the use of WaPOR...

WaPOR data validation training in Baghdad

On the 26 and 27 July 2023, a data validation training took place in Baghdad, Iraq. 

A press release is available in English...

WaPOR inception workshop in Morocco

On 26 July, a number of stakeholders gathered in Rabat to officially launch the LoA between the FAO and the Moroccan Digital Centre (

Field data collection campaigns for the development of crop mapping in Tunisia

During the workshop for planning and fieldwork preparation for data collection, which took place from June 20th to June 22nd, 2023, two field data...

WaPOR at the Digital Agriculture Solutions Forum 2023

The Digital Agriculture Solutions Forum 2023 was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and International...

Irrigation performance tool co-creation workshop in Ségou, Mali

On Tuesday, 4 July 2023, the WaPOR project organized a workshop in Ségou, Mali, to design a performance evaluation tool for the Office of Niger....


Highlighted publications and events

This brief was produced by the FAO Investment Center under the FAO-World Bank Cooperative Programme and proposes concrete applications of WaPOR data in irrigation management by exploring the case of the Bekaa Valley.


In periods of conflict, the mechanisms for collecting agricultural data can be disrupted as it might be too unsafe for data to be collected in-situ, or crucial data-collecting infrastructure might be damaged. In such cases, remote sensing data (or earth observations data) can constitute a viable data source to turn to as an alternative or a complement. This case study explores the use of WaPOR data to monitor agricultural activity in conflict areas by focusing on the use of WaPOR data in Syria.


Water accounting is one tool that can assist with facing the challenges related to the sustainable use of our finite freshwater resources and it can be supported by easily-available open-access data. This case study aims to show how WaPOR (FAO’s portal to monitor Water productivity through open access of remotely sensed derived data) data can be used to support water auditing processes at different scales: the basin, the national scale and the subnational/scheme scale.

Sponsorship and partnerships:

The WaPOR project and the WaPOR database are made possible thanks to funding from:

and the partnership with:


Find out more in the dedicated partner's page.

Upcoming events
16/10/2023 - 20/10/2023

FAO is organizing the FAO Science and Innovation Forum 2023 (SIF 2023), which will take place from 16 to 20 October 2023 at the Headquarters of FAO in Rome, Italy, and virtually. 

"Introducing WaPOR, FAO global system to monitor water use in agriculture through remote sensing" will take place on 18 October 2023, from 16:45 to 17:15 CEST, at FAO Atrium. 

Hybrid Event, 04/10/2023

WaPOR, FAO's portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open access of Remotely sensed derived data, is migrating to the FAO Hand in Hand platform and will feature data obtained through an updated methodology (version 3.0).   

The WaPOR portal, with support from The Netherlands, has been freely providing users with near real time data (every 10 days) since ...

Virtual Event, 12/10/2023 - 26/10/2023


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